Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Jun 5, 2007 03:49 PM

Can I freeze hummus?

I made my first batch of homemade hummus (from dried--not canned--chickpeas) last night, and wow, what a difference. I have more than we can possibly eat in the next few days, so I was wondering whether I can freeze it. Will doing so compromise the texture/taste at all?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I freeze navy bean soup, I would think so.

    1. I just did the same thing last night (something about palentary alignment relating to hummus cravings maybe?) and had the same predicament. Brought some to my neighbors, brought some to the office. Now what? Maybe you would have to process it again after thawing.

      On a side note---did you have a heck of a time mixing the tahini or was that just me?

      7 Replies
      1. re: creativeusername

        No, the tahini went in just fine, but I added it in the food processor.

        1. re: Megiac

          Hi! We have been making, and successfully freezing and defrosting, hummos from scratch for years.
          Just defrost your container of hummos slowly, in the fridge. You might need to stir it up when defrosted, but no re-processing needed.
          We like the recipe in the original Moosewood cookbook, but we double the garlic.
          Yum. p.j.

          1. re: Megiac

            Maybe I use a different type? Mine looked like natural peanut butter when I opened the can. Had about a half inch of oil separated at the top and was definitely the biggest hassle of the process. What brand did you use?

            1. re: creativeusername

              Try turning the jar over the day before you use it....or whenever you think about it. Having the tahini at room temp. makes it easier to stir as well.
              Sometimes, I just spoon out the solids and leave most of the oil behind, to cut the fat content. I'll add some of the cooking liquid from the chickpeas to get the hummos to a texture I like.

              1. re: p.j.

                Thanks for the info! It's flipped. Is tahini supposed to be refrigerated after opening? (Didn't say on the jar.)

                1. re: creativeusername

                  I keep Tahini in the fridge after opening.

                  1. re: creativeusername

                    Quality degrades rapidly if not refrigerated.

          2. I freeze it all the time too. Works like a charm.

            2 Replies
            1. re: lora

              I would imagine tahini needs to be refrigerated since sesame would likely go rancid.

              1. re: Lolarizzel

                It could but doesn't unless your tahini is very old. I never refrigerate and the tahini is never rancid and much easier to stir and use at room temp.